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No, this is no joke – last Saturday, April 1, IT group Computer Professionals’ Union held its first ever day-long celebration of open hardware entitled Open Hardware May World! RasPi Jam Pilipinas + Open Hardware Celebration.
The free, whole day event, hosted graciously by the Lyceum of the Philippines University – College of Technology, featured exhibits of open hardware projects, an opening program that introduced free open source technologies and the open source movement to attendees, and a hands-on seminar on using the Arduino board.
A total of 113 attendees representing twelve different schools, companies and even a local government unit was present for this pioneering event. Special thanks to event sponsor, CR-V Embedded System Design, for helping make the event possible!
The first plenary input was given by Mac Yanto from the Computer Professionals’ Union (CPU), who briefed attendees on open source software and hardware and their real-world applications. He also introduced the history of the open source movement globally as well as in the Philippines.
Mr. Yanto’s input was followed by a lively game using the Arduino and a proximity sensor. Contestants were challenged to illuminate a series of LED lights in the fastest time possible. Mr. Job Rodrigo, an IT professor from the Cavite State University – Bacoor campus, won the challenge for his school.
Rick Bahague, national coordinator of CPU, followed with an introduction to open hardware. He started by defining open hardware, and focused on open hardware devices and their real-life applications. In closing, he challenged attendees to use open hardware to solve real-life problems of the most marginalized sectors of society, ie, farmers who will benefit from automation.
The last to speak for the morning was Mr. Cezar Rodeo V. Calayo, Chief Technology Officer for Hardware Design of CR-V Embedded System Design, who was the event sponsor. He discussed open hardware and the opportunities it offered for technopreneurship. His input was livened by actual open hardware projects that were developed and implemented by CR-V.
The morning program, which ended a bit past lunch, was ended with a Q&A with the different plenary speakers.
Hands-on Arduino seminar
After lunch, mentors from CR-V took over with a hands-on seminar on Arduino for beginners. Special thanks to Arvin Mandap and Engr. Mark Cahinde for facilitating this seminar and to the CR-V family for lending their Arduino kits for the seminar!
Open Hardware Exhibits
Throughout the day, open hardware projects and platforms were on display for attendees to interact with, use, and learn more about.
Special thanks to CPU’s institutional partner, the Lyceum of the Philippines University College of Technology, for being our host for this year’s Open Hardware Day celebration! Our warmest gratitude also goes out to Sir Cezar and his team at CR-V Embedded System Design for lending your support for our newest open source initiative.